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3.0 out of 5 stars A useful survey of current design ideas, February 20, 2005
This review is from: Debating Design: From Darwin to DNA (Hardcover)
Collects essays by well-known figures in philosophy and theology who are concerned with the question of divine design in the world. Most contributors want to affirm that a God somehow has designed the world. Many do so by trying to argue that Darwinian evolution is incomplete and that there is a way to insert God into the picture given by modern science. Some espouse a kind of mysticism about self-organization and the physics of complexity. Finally, there are the quasi-creationist Intelligent Design (ID) proponents.

This is a useful volume to get an idea of the range of design intuitions in play among theologians and theology-minded scientists today. It also highlights how "ID-lite" ideas are common among more liberal believers who would not be caught dead explicitly opposing Darwinian evolution. From a scientific point of view, most of the essays included are mistaken, wrong-headed, or plain irrelevant, but philosophers and those interested in science and religion issues may find them interesting.
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